Vatanator update – Georgi Georiev’s streamlined drum machine gets tweaks for iOS10

Download from iTunes App Storevatanator logo 1I’ve reviewed a whole range of different drum and groove apps for the blog over the last few years. These comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and, within any iOS musician’s app collection, there is most certainly room for a number of these tools as, across the whole range, they offer different features, functions and approaches to working.

One recent release in this category is Vatanator. This is the first app by developer Georgi Georgiev and I did a full review of the app on the blog a few of months or so ago. Like the very interesting and promising Quantiloop, or the well-established, midiSequencer, Vatanator’s UI design leans very much on the familiar ‘hardware design recreated in software’ and one of the key appeals of this approach is that it does make the software feel very approachable…  even if, under the hood, there is actually some very deep features to be had that could not perhaps be implemented in a traditional hardware product.

Vatanator - a classic drum machine in an iOS music app format.

Vatanator – a classic drum machine in an iOS music app format.

At a technical level, Vatanator is priced at UK£4.49/US$5.99, is currently iPad only, requires iOS7.1 or later and is a 180MB download. Audiobus, IAA and Ableton Link are included as is MIDI support and a comprehensive MIDI Learn system. The design ethos between Vatanator seems to be set to strike a balance between a streamlined feature set (so the app is easy to learn/use) but with enough MIDI functionality to make it flexible.

Vatanator includes a standard grid-based pattern editing environment and a suite of global effects.

Vatanator includes a standard grid-based pattern editing environment and a suite of global effects.

Anyway, the app has received a further minor update yesterday taking it to version 1.0.5. This includes a number of minor bug-fixes but the focus this time around has been on ensuring smooth operation under iOS10. I suspect this means some core code has been fine-tuned (for example, for Audiobus/IAA support) but such tweaks are always welcome if it means more reliable performance for users…..

If you are looking for a solid, easy-to-use, beat making machine that won’t get in your way or distract you from the core task, then Vatanator has a lot going for it at a very competitive price. Once you have your head around the basics, then there is a very decent virtual drum machine on offer here. Here’s hoping that Georgi gets the support he needs to build on this promising start….  and there is, apparently, an iPhone version in development; Vatanator SX. To find out more about Vatanator, check out the original review and then hit the download button….

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